Terry is known for her strong, determined female protagonists, and Charli is no different. When she meets ex-Marine Reno, sparks fly in a battle of wills that fosters a slow burn of sexual tension lasting throughout the book. Don’t let the title fool you — this read is sweet indeed.

When Charlotte, aka Charli, Brooks brings her TV makeover show to the small town of Sweet, Texas, she turns everything upside down. Even though she was invited by the town, Reno Wilder is much happier with Sweet’s status quo. He’s seen too much as a former Marine, and he enjoys the comfort of his childhood home exactly as it is. The sparks fly between Charli and Reno, who is just as stubborn as she is. Charli is determined to break past his gruff exterior and remind him that life can be fun and interesting, especially if you embrace a little change. (AVON, Jul., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Terri Dukes